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DIY Tuesday: Homemade EO Gifts, Bonus Recipe!

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I’m going to cheat on the DIY post today- I didn’t make this one up myself but sure wish I had. Recently I attended an online Young Living Homemade Gifts party on Facebook. It was great because I just sat at my computer and got all these great recipes and ideas for cute, thoughtful, and easy gifts to make using Young Living Essential Oils. This DIY recipe came from one of the ladies hosting this party, on her blog called All Things G&D. I love doing the fun make and take projects, and it’s even better when you can share your project with others!

I am really into my Christmas baking as well right now. I feel like I have been behind this year- between kids being sick, shopping, and going on a quick Disneyland trip, the past month has been crazy busy! Now is the time to catch up! Which brings me to this DIY recipe- it’s called Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In! This super festive, really easy, and pretty recipe would be great to give as a gift or have as part of a Hot Cocoa Bar at your holiday parties. I plan on putting pieces of this out along with whipped cream and extra marshmallows to add to some yummy Crock Pot Hot Cocoa at my family Christmas party this year.  Just the picture itself looks yummy- like a white/dark chocolate peppermint bark! But even better- you add a piece to your hot cocoa and as it melts in, you get an even richer, more chocolaty and minty cup of awesomeness! I am making this right now as I type, and I can’t wait to try it when it is done!

Here is the link to the blog post and recipe:

Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In.

Tell me what you think of this recipe, and if you would like more recipes in DIY Tuesday, or should I stick to the non-edible projects? 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Sunday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 3!

Ok, this DIY might be one of my favorites. It is so easy, yet such a great gift and easily customizable! It’s lip balm! Who doesn’t need lip balm, especially in this cold and dry weather. Even better, it is made with totally natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry what those 11-letter words are you are putting on your lips. Thank you to my YL teammate Melissa for providing this recipe! 🙂

Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

You will need:

6 small lip balm pots (5 gram size) or 5 empty lip balm tubes (I got mine on Amazon)

4 teaspoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons beeswax pellets (got these on Amazon as well, they were labeled organic)

6 semi-sweet chocolate chips

4-5 drops Peppermint Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

First of all, you might want to spread out some newspaper, or even a larg cutting board on your work surface to protect it from hot oil and also from cleaning up a mess later! 😀

Spoon coconut oil and beeswax pellets into a glass bowl or jar (pyrex measuring cup would work great!) and microwave for approximately one minute, or until the beeswax looks melted. Stir with a metal spoon. Add chocolate chips and stir until everything is combined and melted. Then add the 4 drops Peppermint Oil and stir well. Quickly (and carefully, it’s hot!) pour the lip balm mixture into your pots or lip balm tubes. The lip balm hardens very quickly, so resist the urge to touch the top to check! You will leave a fingerprint in your pretty shiny balm, and no one wants that! 🙂 Put the lids on and stick on a small label showing what flavor the balm is. That’s it! Ready to give (or keep yourself!)

Some ways that this recipe could be customized would be to leave out the chocolate chips (especially for someone who is Dairy-free) and just make a peppermint flavored balm. You might want to add just a touch more beeswax pellets if you leave out the chocolate, because it might not harden as solid. You could also make a fruity flavored balm by using grapefruit, orange, or Citrus Fresh oils. You could also make a Cinna-mint flavor using Cinnamon and Peppermint oils. The possibilities are endless!

Just make sure, as always, that the Essential Oils you are using in your lip balm are 100% Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils. The only oils I trust for this reason are Young Living Essential Oils. I know that there are no additives to my oils, only 100% pure oil- because of the Seed to Seal Quality Promise. You also want to make sure they are labeled as Supplemental, that way you know they are meant for ingestion- since they are being applied to your lips! 🙂

If you don’t have any Essential Oils of your own yet, click here to find out how to get some! 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Saturday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 2

Today’s DIY gift is as fast and easy as they come, but one of my favorite things to make! It is so easy to customize and change for different seasons or moods. It’s Room Spray!

Everyone wants their house, car, office, linens, bathroom, or even gym bag to smell nice! But, no one wants the nasty chemicals that are inside the sprays you buy at the grocery store. This is why you should make your own using all plant-based ingredients so you can feel good about making your house smell good! This project is also a great one that the kids can help with. They can do the shaking part, the adding the oil drops part, and more shaking! Lol! room spray graphic

You will need:

1- 8oz spray bottle (I found a trigger-style sprayer works best for spraying the air or large areas. For a fancier feel to the bottle, get either a glass spray bottle or an aluminum bottle instead of plastic. You can find these on Amazon.)

Salt (Epsom or Sea Salt)

Water

Young Living Essential Oils- approximately 20-30 drops

Tag to hang on your bottle for gift giving with your spray name

Directions:

Put a few pinches of salt in the bottom of your empty spray bottle. Add your oils to the salt and swirl the bottle around to mix the oil into the salt long enough so there are no clumps left and the oil is absorbed. Fill the bottle with water, leaving enough room to screw on the spray top. Shake well, and spray wherever you need freshening! (Make sure to shake before using each time because the oil will still separate a little bit.)

At our Holiday Make & Bake & Take party, we made a Fall Room Spray. For the oil combination, we added 7 drops each of Young Living Orange, Nutmeg, and Clove Essential Oils. Some other great combinations would be:

Christmas Spray-

15 drops Young Living Christmas Spirit Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Pine Forest Spray-

10 drops Young Living Evergreen Essence Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Blend

Spiced Cider Spray-

10 drops Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Clove Essential Oil

The possibilities are endless! Think of the combinations you like in your diffuser, and then just use about 4 times as much oil in your spray than you would in your diffuser, because there is a lot more water in the spray to dilute the oil.

 

As always, if you haven’t gotten your own Essential Oils yet, you can click here to find out how!


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Try DIY Tuesday (Friday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts!

Do you need some stocking stuffer ideas? Do you need something for the office gift exchange? How about that person that has EVERYTHING? Try these fun and easy DIY gifts made with YL Essential Oils.

Ugh, who has time to make gifts, you say? Well, recently I hosted a holiday themed Make & Bake & Take party at my house along with two ladies from our local YL team. Each guest that came made three gifts plus watched a pumpkin bread demo using oils, as well as drank festive drinks and ate snacks, all in about an hour and a half! Of course, if you make these gifts yourself it will not take that long, but you will have just as much fun! I will post one DIY per day, so you can try one at a time! Here we go!

1.Chocolate Jar Cake Infused with Young Living Orange Essential Oil

*A few notes- this cake can be made in a coffee mug if you just want a quick dessert for one. I put it in a jar for the ease of gift giving because of the nice lid, but if you can’t find the right size jar, you could just as easily mix all the dry ingredients together, pour in a Ziploc bag, and nestle into a cute coffee mug. Also, you might think that it looks kind of funny with the jar only 1/2 full of ingredients. I agree, and the ingredients will mix together if the jar gets jostled around. But, this much space needs to be left in the jar that is being used to “bake” your cake in because once you mix in the wet ingredients and cook, the cake will rise and expand (and explode all over your microwave if there isn’t enough space!).

Jar Cake graphic

Top of jar

This gift is so easy to assemble and looks pretty neat, too. All you have to do is layer the ingredients, cut a pretty piece of paper to put on the top of the lid, and tie the instructions on with a nice ribbon. Done! Here are the directions:

You will need:

1- 12-oz jar or mug (I used a 12-oz size “Jelly Jar” Mason jar found on the Walmart website)

5 tablespoons sugar

3-4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (You could also use  1-2 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil instead)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup flour

dash of salt

1 tablespoon semi-sweet or white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix sugar and Essential Oil in the bottom of the jar. Mix until the sugar has sucked up all the oil and no clumps remain. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the jar- cocoa powder, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. Screw on the top and tie on an instruction tag.

To bake the Jar Cake, stir all dry ingredients together in the jar. Add 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and a dash of vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Microwave the jar uncovered on high until cake is puffed, about 1 1/2 minutes.

You can easily modify this recipe for Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free diets as well- just swap out the flour with a GF flour substitute, and the milk for a non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. Make sure your chocolate chips are GF and DF as well. 🙂

Here is the instruction tag you can print out on thick paper to attach to your jars for giving as gifts. Just right click on the graphic, and save to your computer. When you print it, select 9 to a page and they will print out the right size to cut apart and attach! 🙂

Chocolate Jar Cake label

***One more note- make sure that when you are using Essential Oils in your recipes, or putting in your water to drink, that you are using 100% Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils that are labeled as Supplemental. You want to make sure that there are no additives or chemicals in the Essential Oils that you consume, just 100% pure oil. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils, because they have the Seed to Seal Quality Commitment. Please don’t consume anything you are not sure is 100% pure! 🙂

If you don’t have any of your own Young Living Essential Oils and would like to find out how to get some, click here!

 

 

 

 


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Try DIY Tuesday: Easiest-Ever All Purpose Plant-Based Household Cleaner!

Ok, people. Today’s DIY is for those who mean well, they really want to make their own cleaning and skin care products but just don’t have time, energy, or the pure get up and go to do crafty projects. You know who you are! 😉 Well, trust me, it can’t get any easier than this. If you do only one DIY project in your entire life, THIS IS THE ONE!!!!

How would you like to have a multi-purpose cleaner, one that is completely plant-based, safe for the whole family to use, has a light, spicy scent (I think it smells like Christmas!), and only costs about $.66 per bottle?? I know I did! And that is why the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate was the first thing I ordered from Young Living after my Premium Starter Kit! This Cleaner uses 100% plant-based ingredients along with Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend and Lemon Essential Oil to give you a powerful but natural way to clean your entire house. When I heard about this product, I was very excited to try it because I am trying to eliminate the harsh chemicals from my cleaning regimen. After using it, I am constantly telling everyone else they need to get some! There is no residue left on surfaces, it eats away at grease and soap scum, removes set-in stains, all with a light scent that dissipates quickly, and all you have to do is mix it with water! Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier

leaves graphicHappy Fall, everyone! It is the first Tuesday in October, and here in AZ that means that you can officially say it’s fall- even though it usually doesn’t feel like it!

Well, with the fall season comes those pesky bugs we all dread. Whether the kids are back in school, the weather change is throwing off your co-workers’ or family member’s immune systems, or extra traveling during the holidays, we all need an extra boost of helpfulness to support our immune systems. I, like most bug-fearing people, would never be caught without some Purell in my purse. Applied after going to the grocery store, pumping gas, before eating a quick snack, you name it, I would clean it. I have become even more cautious after having my daughter and not wanting her tiny little immune system to become compromised from a random excursion out of the house.

Recently, I have been hearing in the news how some of the yukkiest bugs have now started to become immune to these alcohol and chemical “anti-bacterial” sanitizers and soaps because we are all using them constantly. What???!!! Sometimes you just cannot get to a sink to wash your hands with good ol’ soap and water, what is a desperate mommy to do? Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Roll-On Sinus Buster!

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I have to say, this specific combination of oils is what totally convinced me that Essential Oils are the real deal! When I first learned about Young Living at an Essential Oils 101 class, I learned many uses for the oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit, but this combination was most interesting to me- Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. The magical combination of these three, applied to your sinus areas on your face, as well as the back of your neck help with healthy sinus and nasal passage function during those trying times of year.

Here is a little more about each oil and what they can do:

  • Lemon includes naturally occuring constituent limonene (look up limonene in a Google search and read about how amazing it is for our bodies!). Lemon contains D-limonene, an antioxidant that has been linked to healthy immune system function.
  • Lavender is the “Swiss Army Knife” of Essential Oils and has at least 1000 uses! Adding it to lemon and peppermint just makes it all the better. Fun fact: Lavender can make a refreshing nasal irrigation rinse!
  • Peppermint supports focus and healthy cognitive function, supports the body’s ability to regulate it’s natural immune response, and supports the body’s respiratory system.

After I tried it for myself, I was amazed at how fast the oils work, as well as how long the effects of the oils last! Prior to using oils, I was stuck using traditional treatments to combat my sinus irritations every single day, and not just during the bad times of the year. After finding this oil blend, I have found success using safe, natural, plant-based oils that give me the relief I needed, AND I felt alert and ready for the day- I haven’t looked back since! Continue reading